Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Henry Blackaby on True Revival

Remember the popular revival from 2008 where the "evangelist" talked about leg dropping a pastor? I will try not to criticize too much. In the following article, Henry Blackaby shares his thoughts on True Revival. Enjoy.

I've heard many "calls" for revival recently but with very little teaching and exposition on revival. It seems that in these urgent days there are too few leaders who actually are leading God's people corporately to repent, pray, seek holiness and return to God. Do we not realize that scripturally it is impossible to have a call for revival without a call for repentance? This has always been God's requirement for His people. The passionate, unceasing corporate prayer that is always present in revival is desperately lacking as well. In short, I see little evidence of sincere brokenness among God's people for our present condition or the condition of our nation.

We call for revival without actually crying with tears and brokenness for revival. The "call for revival" seems almost like a spiritual fad, with no true passion and sincerity of heart. Many will say "amen" when they hear mention of the need for revival. But the "call" is fleeting and soon passes away. And then we quickly move on to other activity and return to our business as usual with no
follow-through by the leaders of God's people.
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Although, I did not post the entire article, I think the following points are instructive:

First, we must seek God to grant us broken and contrite hearts. "For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: 'I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones'" (Isaiah 57:15). And again, "[O]n him will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word" (Isaiah 66:2).

Next, spiritual leaders must "return to Lord" –- and stay there. (Zechariah 1:3; Malachi 3:1-7; Acts 6:1-4).

Third, the people of God must pray corporately with one heart and one mind. (Acts 1:14; Acts 2:1; Acts 4:31).

Fourth, God's people must be immediately obedient to all God reveals to them. (1 Samuel 15:22-23).

Then, continually bear witness to God's people of all that God is doing. (Acts 1:8; Acts 14:21-22, 26-27).

Finally, we should expect and experience Christ's fullness of joy.Jesus said: "As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full" (John 15:9-11).

I believe Blackaby properly laid out the approach to achieving true revival. Instead of packing your bags and traveling to some distant place, true revival can be achieved right in your own church.


The Martins said...

Thank you so much for this post. My husband and I have been talking of the same thing. Where are the altars in Churches. As a child and young adult, we would run to the altar,Cry out to God for his guidance!! There are no altars. There are prayer rooms. prayer list. But nowhere to bend the knees for God in Submisssion!! Thank you again!!!We must Submit to the Lord, before he can lead us!!!

Rich Bradford said...

Thanks for visiting and leaving your comments. We frequently here about people talking about revivals or chasing fads, but they have the wrong motives. I always held to the view that revival will not happen without repentance. A lot of people often skip that step.